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Massaponax Stops Blacksburg's Run

Sunday, April 10, 2005; Page E07

No. 10 Massaponax overcame the absence of one of its best players yesterday to end Blacksburg's 87-game home unbeaten streak with a 1-0 boys' soccer victory in the Downtown Athletic Soccer Classic.

Panthers midfielder Brian Pate, an honorable mention All-Met, was attending a football team meeting at the College of William & Mary -- where he will be a place kicker this fall -- but his teammates picked up the slack. First team all-Northwestern Region forward Joey Lyonnais received a pass from sophomore Brendan Schnable and scored from 18 yards out with a left-footed shot in the 55th minute.



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"He ripped it," Massaponax Coach Chris Farrell said. "It bent a little, caught a little bit of the upright, was off the post and in."

Blacksburg, a Virginia AA state semifinalist last season, has won more state soccer championships (seven) than any other public school at any level in state history, and it has played in 11 of the 16 AA championship games.

Panthers goalkeeper Joe Young made five saves to secure the shutout.

"He made a difference today in goal," Farrell said. "He got to a lot of balls in our zone before they got them."

Massaponax (3-1), which defeated E.C. Glass of Lynchburg, 6-1, on Friday, won the four-team tournament. Against E.C. Glass, Pate scored once and had four assists, and Lyonnais added a goal.

No. 4 Chancellor (3-1) played in the tournament and lost to Blacksburg, 3-1, on Friday and defeated E.C. Glass yesterday, 3-2.

Ulakey Throws 2-Hitter

Good Counsel junior Steve Ulakey pitched a complete-game two-hitter as the Falcons knocked off No. 2 St. John's, 2-1, in a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference baseball game.

Ulakey struck out eight, walked three and improved to 1-1 on the season. Following a third-inning double by Mike Hass, Good Counsel (7-3, 2-1) took a 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Billy Hennig, who extended his hitting streak to 10 games. Catcher George Papuchis added an RBI single and threw out a base runner in the sixth.

Wilson Rolls

Mount Vernon's ninth-ranked baseball team lost for the second time in as many days, this time falling to Wilson, 10-5, in a nondistrict game.

Wilson sophomore right-hander Ian Horkley pitched a complete game, struck out six and gave up 11 hits. The Tigers (3-1) took a 3-0 lead in the first inning on a bases-loaded double by senior first baseman Nick Morison. Wilson sophomore left fielder Ian Collins had two singles and keyed a five-run fourth inning with a pair of RBI. Mount Vernon dropped to 9-2.

-- Rich Campbell


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